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Fisher Building sale finalized

When it comes to the case of the Cheney School District’s surplused Fisher Building, apparently the fourth time is the charm. After three previous purchase proposals for the district’s former high school, junior high and administration building...

Flossie Dickey passes

If St. Peter was the one to meet Cheney Care Center resident Flossie Dickey at the "pearly gates," he had better made sure he had a shot of whiskey to offer her. Dickey, who would have turned 111...

Airway Heights OKs Kalispels agreement

At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Airway Heights City Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians to resolve a pending appeal before it reached the U.S. Department of the Interior Board of...

Winning bird

Roan Wilbur (right) and his mother Suzanne Wilbur marvel at the turkey he won after the annual Cheney High School Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Roan, his mom and brother Kian...

EWU affirms protection of students

Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees, along with staff, are doing what they can — within their legal limits — to make the campus a safe place for all students. After a special Nov. 22 meeting, the board issued a statement...

Keeping an eye out for counterfeit money

Purveyors of passing counterfeit money tend to go where it is least likely to be discovered. And when the Cheney Merchants' Association circulated an alert recently it was time to raise a big red...

CMA Christmas party

The Cheney Merchants Association will stage its annual Christmas party, Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Holiday Inn Express beginning at 6 p.m. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the event that includes food and beverages. A variety of... Full story

Construction keeps Cheney Light Department busy

The Cheney Light Department has around $197,500 in capital projects it hopes to accomplish in 2017 — if they can find the time. Department Director Steve Boorman told the City Council at a Nov. 22 budget presentation that construction, along with...

District gives AH council bond overview

At Monday night’s study session, the Airway Heights City Council got a look at a potential capital facilities bond the Cheney School District hopes to put on the February election ballot. District administration presented a $55 million proposal...

Cheney council adopts one-year union contract

The Cheney City Council has approved a new contract for the city’s union employees, but only for one year. City Administrator Mark Schuller told the council at its Nov. 22 meeting that the reason for the shorter time period, rather than the...

Input sought on minimum wage measure

On Nov. 8 voters in Washington approved Initiative 1433, authorizing a gradual raising of the state’s minimum wage. Voters favored the measure by a 57.4 to 42.6 percent and it becomes law Jan. 1, 2017. Initiative 1433 was designed to increase the...

News Briefs

Public invited to discuss area I-90 congestion The public is invited to learn the details of the upcoming Interstate 90/Four Lakes to Idaho operational study at an informational open house Tuesday, Dec. 13.  I-90 in the Spokane area is...

Industial tree trimming

Cheney Light Department linemen Will Birrenkott (yellow vest) and Dan Holtan hang lights on the city's Christmas tree at the public library downtown in...

Eastern men's basketball win streak reaches four games

Eastern Washington hit the shots when they needed to late, making up for the ones that didn't fall early, rallying to earn a 96-90 men's basketball win over the University of San Francisco last...

Cheney 2016 Fall All GNL

Cheney High School had 24 student athletes who were selected for 2016 fall Great Northern League teams. Athletes and some of their highlights are listed below. Football Charles Johnson (first team...

Cheney runners compete at Northwest regional qualifier in Boise

Cheney High School’s girls and boys varsity cross country teams competed in the Nike Cross Northwest Regional Qualifier Nov. 12 at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho. The Blackhawks were among 1,700 runners from Oregon, Washington, Idaho,...

McGregor vacating his UFC featherweight title was right call Gray to hang up his rodeo spurs

In my last Crunch Time column (Nov. 17, 2016), I wrote that mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who became the first athlete to simultaneously hold a championship in two weight divisions, (featherweight and lightweight) in the UFC, was...

Jay Lemaster is Week 9 winner

Jay Lemaster was tops in Week 9 of the 2016 Cheney Free Press football contest, earning a $50 merchant’s gift certificate and missing just two games. Phil Conrath from Cheney was runner-up with three losses and won a $20 Owl Drug gift...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Sunday, Dec. 4, EWU at Seattle U, 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, EWU hosts Great Falls, 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, EWU hosts Morehead State,...

First time meeting for Eastern, Central Arkansas

One thing that likely will not startle Central Arkansas when they first see the red Sprinturf at Roos Field for the first time will be its color. The Bears have their own wild-looking turf at Estes Stadium in Conway, Ark. where they dispatched...

Sports Briefs

Hodgins earns Big Sky honors Eastern Washington University women’s basketball player Delaney Hodgins was named the College Sports Madness Big Sky Player of the Week after posting a pair of 20-point performances to help the Eagles go a perfect 2-0...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 21 Third-degree theft was reported on the 600 block of Fifth Street. A parking meter was bent and damaged with a portion taken, however the coin box remained. Second-degree theft was reported on the 200 block of South Cheney-Spangle...

Community makes ninth Turkey Trot a success

On behalf of the Cheney High School Cross Country program, we would like to thank the community of Cheney for their support of our ninth annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. There were over 500 walkers, joggers or runners present for this...

Thank you ML Boy Scouts

Thanks to the Boy Scouts with over 1,300 pounds of food they collected, the Combined Fund Drive with their donations of over 800 pounds and others who give to the food bank. We serve over 200 families from the Medical Lake area each month, and...

American Legion dinner result of Cheney businesses support

The Cheney Post 72 American Legion would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for their generous support. Our recent Veterans Day dinner and Turkey Bingo were successful, in part, because of all of you. Thank you all! Thank you...

Dig a little deeper to dampen 'Fake News'

If you paid any attention to Facebook during this election, you most likely saw at least one fake news article on your feed on any given day, whether you realized it or not. The problem with these articles is that people will share these falsehoods...

The vote recount has interesting twists

The election that we thought was once and for all over appears to not be, after all. For the general public, they thought they may have washed off the last of the dirt Nov. 9 after Hillary Clinton delivered that very painful concession speech she...

ML school board approves property purchase

The Medical Lake School District maintenance staff is going to have a new place to put their equipment. At its Nov. 22 meeting, the board of directors approved a resolution to purchase property...

Westwood Middle School announces Term 1 honor roll

Westwood Middle School announced its honor roll for Term 1 of the 2016-17 school year. 4.0 — Brent C. Belsby, Makenna M. Benson, Dusten T. Butikofer, Kaelyn T. Conant, Elizabeth G. DeLaCruz, Emma J. Evans, Aislin B. Garza, Sara C. Graham, Emily...

WMS artwork on display at Airway Heights library

There is a new venue to promote and appreciate student art in Airway Heights. The Airway Heights Library and the Westwood Middle School Art Department have teamed up to feature a permanent, rotating...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Nov. 30, 2006 The driver of a Nissan pickup truck could not escape the ditch along State Route 902 as a snowfall mixed with frigid overnight temperatures made the roadways icy and treacherous for drivers. The Eastern Washington...

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • Dec. 2, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Dec. 2 is the 163rd birth anniversary of Thomas W. Odell who served as Cheney’s mayor from 1894 to 1898. In 1900, he and Webster Webb joined the hopeful panning for gold up near Nome, Alaska. They returned, perhaps wiser, but no wealthier. Learn...

Santa Express now in a new location

Santa Express, a fundraiser to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, has opened this year in its new location on the main level of the Crescent Building located at Main and Wall streets in downtown Spokane. Entering its 24th year, Santa Express...

Open for Christmas

Members of Cheney Boy Scout Troop 356 were busy Friday, Nov. 25, unloading Christmas trees and setting up their stand for their annual sale. The Scouts will be selling trees from the southwest corner ...

StageWest Old Time Radio productions open this weekend

StageWest Theatre’s Old Time Radio production of “The Littlest Angel” and “The Gift of The Magi,” both adapted and directed by Judy Gross, opens this weekend. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran ChurchZ The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons at our website or on YouTube at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Cheney....

Eags' win Legends consolation

With Jacob Wiley getting red hot and scoring 20 points after being held scoreless in the first half, Eastern Washington scored an 80-76 double-overtime win over Seattle University in the consolation ... Full story

Turkey Trot 2016

Runners of all ages turned out for the ninth annual Cheney High School Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. The event was put on by the Cross Country booster club. A portion of the event's proceeds went to...

Judith Ann (McGill) Edwards

Judith Ann (McGill) Edwards, Cheney, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Judi is preceded in death by her father Kenneth McGill, stepfathers Erven Feickert and Norman... Full story

Phoebe R. Smith

Phoebe R. Smith, 89, passed away on Nov. 19, 2016 at her home in Cheney. Phoebe was born in Lincoln, Neb. on Sept. 2, 1927 to Everett and Lena (Schee) Pringle. She lived in Denver, Colo. where her... Full story

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